An explosion occurred at Aggie Stadium on Saturday – an offensive explosion, that is.
The Aggies (2-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) had four players with hat tricks and eight total players scoring in their 21-11 rout of MPSF foe St. Mary’s. The 21 goals were the most for an Aggie lacrosse team since early 2006.
“We really played to our offensive potential,” junior Gina Hoffmire said. “We had the advantage all day and everyone contributed in one way or another.”
Senior Molly Lapolla, junior Gina Hoffmire and freshman Hannah Mirza each had four goals to lead the Aggies. Senior Britt Farquharson added three of her own to help UC Davis to victory.
“We moved the ball really well and had some nice assisted goals,” said coach Elaine Jones. “Twenty one goals is a great output and a great team effort.”
UC Davis came out of the gates hot, gaining a 9-1 lead as St. Mary’s didn’t get possession of the ball until three minutes into the game.
The Gaels fought back to cut the UC Davis lead by five, but the Aggies responded and entered halftime with a 12-6 lead.
UC Davis separated from St. Mary’s in the second half, allowing just five Gael goals. Farquharson led the Aggie attack with two goals and two assists in the second half en route to the victory.
“We came out more fired up in the second half,” Jones said. “We always want to come out of halftime strong.”
The Aggies shot 84 percent on the day with Mirza and Hoffmire both going 4-4 on shots.
“We got some good looks today and we finished on our shots,” Jones said. “It was definitely a good shooting day.”
Junior Christina Corsa, freshmen Elizabeth Datino and Anna Geissbuhler each had two assists to help the offensive attack.
Despite the victory, Jones feels her team still needs to work on some aspects of their game if they want to be successful later in the season.
“This was not our cleanest game,” Jones said. “We had too many turnovers and made a couple really bad passes.”
With the win, UC Davis is undefeated to start off a season for the first time since 2003. Despite this fact, the team isn’t getting overconfident about their hot start.
“It’s fantastic to start off this well,” Mirza said. “We aren’t getting too overconfident about our playing ability though. We know there are some things we need to work on.”
Mirza added that the team needs to be confident if they want to be successful for the rest of the season.
UC Davis returns to action at Villanova on Thursday as part of a five-day, three-game road trip in the northeast.
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